If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

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The Root Of The Problem

Posted on by daneen in Hair, Hair Styling, Holy Grail, Tools | Leave a comment

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Every 8 weeks, I visit my hairdresser Erik to get my roots relaxed. And for the next 4 weeks, my hair does whatever I want it to – and I revel in straight-haired bliss. But once my curly roots start growing in, my hair goes up in a ponytail and I mentally count the days until my next salon appointment.

Any gal with relaxed hair knows what I’m talking about. There’s nothing worse than your roots sabotaging a potentially good hair day.

Luckily, Editorial Stylists Kevin Ryan and Frank Rizzieri have gotten to the root of the problem, and created an innovative styling tool that has me loving my locks – even in week 7.

Root Control is designed to allow quick, safe, and effective straightening and styling of all types of hair. It’s great for touching up hairlines and roots in between blowdries and relaxers. It can also be used to redirect cowlicks and style bangs. Plus, its combination of ceramic barrel and double comb allow you to style the hair while keeping the heated barrel away from the scalp.

Product features include:
*Dual Styling / Pressing Combs
*Ceramic Heating Barrel
*Instant Heat Up
*Advanced LCD Digital Programming
*Up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit Pro High-Heat
*9ft. European Jacketed Line Cord
*Heat Resistant Storage Pouch with Embroidered Logo

At $179.00, Root Control is kinda costly. But can you really put a price tag on a good hair day?

Not yet convinced? Watch this video of the tool in action, then be prepared to pull out your credit card. Trust me. It’s worth every penny.

Root control is available online at rsessiontools.com.

Kiddie Cuts For A Cause

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Matrix is hosting their first “Give Big” Cut-A-Thon for local New York children (ages 10 & under) at the Matrix Global Academy in the West Village on Sunday, March 2nd. This event will help raise funds to support the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s fight to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.

A team of 20 expert Matrix stylists will be on-hand to provide kiddie cuts and trims for a cash donation of $20. As part of Matrix’s commitment to help make pediatric AIDS a thing of the past and give children hope for a brighter future – the company will match all consumer donations and provide an additional $20 per haircut to the Foundation. And, participants will receive a FREE VIP MATRIX product gift bag with any kiddie haircut.

The fun part is that kids will be entertained before, during and after their haircuts at designated interactive play stations complete with balloon artists, face painters, books and toys for all ages. There will also be surprise celebrity guest appearances.

Limited appointments will be available throughout the day. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend.

Where:
Matrix Global Academy
435 Hudson Street (at Leroy St.), West Village
917.606.9500
Nearby subways: 1 to Houston Street or A,C,E,B,D,F,V to West 4th. Walk west towards Hudson Street

When:
Sunday, March 2nd
10AM – 4PM

Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn.

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grammys.com Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn.
I was expecting to be blown away by the hair, makeup, and fashion on the Grammy red carpet. But instead, I’m under-whelmed.

fantasia Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn.The Grammys is the awards show where celebs traditionally turn up the volume and go all out; but this year was especially disappointing. The only one who seemed to take any kind of risk was Fantasia – but as you can see (above left), that turned out to be a hot mess.

Here’s a recap:
*Beyonce debuted a skunk do. I like the style, but the color gots to go.
*Rihanna’s hair looked so blah. But, thankfully, she fierce-ified it for her performance with The Time.
*Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus went a little overboard with the hair extensions.
*Alicia Keys was sporting a Mohawk-type updo that really didn’t translate to photos.
*Fergie’s hair ringlets looked touchably soft, but her style was a little safe.
*Faith Hill looked classically beautiful, as usual.
*And Nelly Furtado is still under the misapprehension that she looks good as a blonde.

tina beyonce Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn.Fortunately, the unremarkable red carpet was redeemed by Beyonce and Tina Turner, who shared the stage for a duet of Proud Mary.

Tina is my idol. At 68, she’s still got the moves…and the legs. I was breathless for the entire performance.

Fashion Week Part Deux: Thuy Fall 2008 Collection

Posted on by daneen in Eye Liner, Fashion Week, Hair, Hair Styling, Lip Pencil | 2 Comments

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I woke up on Saturday morning and headed to the Exit Art Building for the Thuy Fall 2008 Collection presentation. A presentation is different from a runway show, in that there’s no actual runway – just models strutting their stuff amongst us mere mortals. The show was very impromptu, which I really enjoyed. Though after waiting almost an hour, it began without warning (I attended with Amber and Marina – Marina was somewhere getting juice when the show finally began).

fw1+070 Fashion Week Part Deux: Thuy Fall 2008 CollectionRomero Jennings, Head Makeup Artist for MAC, was responsible for the models’ ethereal eyes and lengthy lashes; he lined the inner rims with shimmery white pencil and applied a few coats of black mascara for definition. Jennings polished off the look with a strong matte mouth. Lips were lined and filled in with Brick Lip Pencil (intense golden red), then Brown Lipmix (a MAC Pro product) was applied on top of the pencil.

fw1+047 Fashion Week Part Deux: Thuy Fall 2008 CollectionTo balance the bold lip, Liam Carey, Senior Stylist for Ted Gibson, pin-curled the models’ hair. Then, keeping it soft, he styled tresses into dreamy side-ponys and updos*.

Amber, Marina, and I walked away from the Thuy show with a goodie bag filled with, well, goodies. Of the beauty treats, I am most excited to try Ted Gibson’s Beautiful Hold Hairspray; its fool-proof formula allows it to be layered depending on hair styling needs, and it has a sophisticated gardenia fragrance.

*Marina was so enamored with the models’ curly tresses, she accompanied me back to my hotel so she could use my T3 Medium Duality to re-create the look. Unfortunately, in the short period of time she had before her next appointment, she couldn’t figure out how to curl with the flat iron – so she straightened her hair instead. And it looked fabulous nonetheless.

Look at the models giving me face. I felt like Mario Testino.
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How To Style Your Bangs To The Side

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In the February issue of Allure, a reader asks, “I want to wear my bangs to the side. How do I style them?”

Garren, the owner of the Garren New York salon at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in NYC shares some words of wisdom. He writes:

Looser, softer bangs are in right now, and getting that effect is all in how you dry them. Part your hair when it’s damp, apply a conditioning spray (or a styling spray with very light hold), and sweep bangs to the side. Then let them air-dry almost fully; they’ll take direction better than if you started blow-drying when they were soaking wet. Use a large, round brush to pull the bangs down and to the side as you finish them with the blow-dryer – never pull forward; you’ll end up with a big bump. If you need to get ready quickly, blow-dry your hair most of the way, then sweep your bangs over and tuck them behind your ear so the effect will still be soft and natural.

Garren’s advice isn’t so helpful to brown girls like me (let my relaxed hair air-dry? neva eva). But for other hair types, he probably knows what he’s talking about – so I thought I’d share.

Rihanna’s On The Cutting Edge Of Style

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The R&B princess debuted a new pixie hairstyle at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France on Saturday.

normal JCrew1989AW 1 Rihannas On The Cutting Edge Of StyleWhat inspired her to make the cut? At the October photo shoot for Allure’s January 2008 cover, Allure’s Creative Director, Paul Cavaco, suggested that – for her next look – she channel old-school Linda Evangelista.

Looks like she took his advice.

Speaking of Linda E. – here’s an oldie, but a goodie. Enjoy!

I Told You Amy Would Go Back To Black

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I told y’all that Amy Winehouse wouldn’t be blonde for very long. This morning, she debuted her darker do, just prior to entering a rehab facility.

Perhaps the crackhead chanteuse wanted to go a bit more incognito (good luck, with a 2-foot beehive) in the wake of her drug video. Or maybe it was last night’s episode of Project Runway that promped her to go back to black.



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